Connection rate going up for builders |

Connection rate going up for builders

Building an average-sized new home in South Lake Tahoe or Meyers may cost a few hundred more dollars starting next year, with regular increases likely for five years.

South Shore’s major sewer and water provider on Thursday will consider raising its connection fees. The changes only apply to new construction and would go into effect January 1.

A new sewer unit connection now is $2,000, and it would increase to $2,100. An average house needs about three units.

Water service connection now costs $1,550. Pending approval, it would be raised to $1,165.

“That’s about a $415 increase for building a new home,” said Dennis Cocking, STPUD information officer. “We’re hopeful contractors will be able to budget for the increase. This shouldn’t prohibit any projects from going forward.”

An STPUD-hired consultant earlier this year completed a comprehensive study of the district’s rates and connection fees. In July, rate increases went into effect that were supposed to bring more equity to the district’s rate structure.

The proposed connection fee change also is a result of the study, and STPUD plans to raise the sewer connection cost $100 a year for the next five years. More water connection fees may not be necessary.

STPUD provides sewer service to all of South Lake Tahoe and Meyers, which equates to about 17,000 customers. The area’s major water provider, the district provides water to about 13,000 of their customers.

Cocking said this will be the first connection fee increase in about 10 years.

What: STPUD meeting

When: Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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